After the international success in the 1990s of authors such as Bernhard Schlink, Marcel Beyer, and Thomas Brussig, an impressive number of new German-language novelists are making a significant impact. Some, like Karen Duve, Daniel Kehlmann, and Sasa Stanisic, have achieved international recognition; some, like Julia Franck, have won major prizes; others, like Clemens Meyer, Alina Bronsky, and Ilja Trojanow, are truly "emerging authors" who have begun to attract attention. Between them they represent a range of literatures in German, from women's writing to minority writing (from Turkish immigrants and Eastern Europe), to "pop literature" and perspectives on the former GDR and on Germany's Nazi past. This volume devotes individual essays to fifteen such writers, examining in detail a major work of each. Translated excerpts from works by Vladimir Vertlib and Clemens Meyer round out the book, which will be of interest not only to academics and students of English and Comparative Literature in the UK, the US, and beyond, but also to the general reader, for whom titles of texts and quotations are translated. Contributors: Lyn Marven, Stuart Taberner, Anke S. Biendarra, Stephen Brockmann, Rebecca Braun, Frauke Matthes, Brigid Haines, Julian Preece, Emily Jeremiah, Valerie Heffernan, Barbara Mennel, Heike Bartel, Kate Roy, Andrew Plowman, Sonja E. Klocke, Jamie Lee Searle, Katy Derbyshire. Lyn Marven is a Lecturer in German at the University of Liverpool. Stuart Taberner is Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Culture, and Society at the University of Leeds.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 574 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
[P]rovides an excellent introduction to new and interesting writers. Just as important is the authors' and editors' ability to sketch out emerging topics and approaches. GEGENWARTSLITERATUR [A]n interesting collection of heterogeneous essays . . . . Together they produce a constellation of emerging writers in the contemporary German literary landscape, giving us a flavour of German writing of the present day rather than a sense of trajectory. . . . This book will be a useful reference-point for scholars of twenty-first-century German literature. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW Marven and Taberner have succeeded in assembling well-written essays on a wide variety of emerging authors that nevertheless connect with each other in their shared attention to subjects that are pervasive at the beginning of this new millennium. Their introduction to these authors will be welcomed by literary scholars as well as anybody else with an interest in the recent German literary scene. MONATSHEFTE [M]asterfully fulfills its objectives. . . . [T]he careful selection of novels will undoubtedly win new readers to exciting, innovative voices in twenty-first century German-language literature, just as their informed treatments will offer new insights to scholars already familiar with the works. JOURNAL OF AUSTRIAN STUDIES [A]n in-depth analysis of recently emerging authors . . . . [T]he chapters provide a neat snapshot of a decade's worth of literary productivity in Germany . . . . [Recommended] for graduate students and scholars, it should be at the top of the acquisitions list for research libraries. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW This engaging, readable collection is an excellent introduction to the current literary scene in Germany. Each essay looks at an individual author and provides a succinct introduction to his or her life and work, along with a close reading of one significant novel, placing it firmly within its historical, political, and cultural context. A major strength is the collection's emphasis on transnational and migrant authors, who are among the most vital literary voices writing in Germany today. . . . Essential. CHOICE [A] welcome addition to the critical literature that attempts to provide an analytical frame for the flourishing . . . market of contemporary fiction written in German. . . . [It also] provides a snapshot of the diversity of approaches to reading German fiction. . . . HNET GERMAN REVIEWS
You may also be interested in...
Please sign in to write a review
Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you collect. Available in shop from just two hours, subject to availability.
Thank you for your reservation
Your order is now being processed and we have sent a confirmation email to you at
When will my order be ready to collect?
Following the initial email, you will be contacted by the shop to confirm that your item is available for collection.
Call us on or send us an email at
Unfortunately there has been a problem with your order
Please try again or alternatively you can contact your chosen shop on or send us an email at